THAT TREE, 6x8" oil on canvas, plein air, ©Diane Mannion
Oh! That tree.
Painted at Bay Preserve, Osprey this morning. In the past I've noticed many artists paint THIS tree, an old live oak leaning over the edge of Little Sarasota Bay. It's actually the neighbor's tree, not on the Preserve property at all... but does have character.
While my solo show has been on at the Bay Preserve, I've painted with many plein air groups and artists. I've seen renderings, both good and bad (EW, if you read this, yours is one of the good ones!) of this poor old tree. So now that my show is almost over, thought I'd give it a try.
This is a plein air (painted outside) SKETCH, an alla prima (wet into wet)... premier coup (painted in one shot). Not touched up later. Simply a study, an impression capturing color notes and light that the camera cannot see.
Trying to paint faster on location and not think about creating a "finished" painting. It's freeing! Just get the primary reaction, the feeling of place, a moment in time. If I want a more finished, studio work later, I'll use these along with my photo reference to create a larger, new, more polished painting.
Magic happens with these little ones... fresh, spontaneous, an energy that can be destroyed if tampered with in the studio.
One of my favorite artists, Duane Keiser... does small "premier coup" paintings almost everyday that end up in my email box. They are of whatever catches his eye. If you want to fall in love with an artist, check out his work.